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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options


Chilled Butternut Squash Soup
Cashew pesto, sweet soy
Wild Mushroom Bisque
With truffled rye croutons
Shaved Brussel Sprouts
Butternut squash, pecans, nueskes bacon, raisins, maple vinaigrette.
Arugula Salad
Roasted mushrooms. Shaved fennel, apples, dijon tarragon dressing, tomme
Parmesan Beignets
City" honey. Parmesan, pears, thyme
Pork Belly
Fig and‏ balsamic glaze, blue cheese mousse, crunchy wontons
My Uncle's Burger
Special mix of grass red beef, cheddar, bacon marmalade, indigenous sauce, pickled stuff, duck rat roasted potatoes
Shrimp and Red Peas
Sea island red peas, poblanos, smoked onion, corn bread croutons, shrimp and tomato veloute
Lamb and Lamb
Seared center cut lamb loin, lamb spareribs, cranberry, pistachio and kale quinoa
Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs
Root vegetable and potato gratin
Focusing on sustainable seafood and local farms in a beautiful remodeled old Florida cracker cottage, with an amazing outdoor seating area. James Beard Best Chef South Semi Finalist Steve Phelps and his team are focused on creating a better food system.
USD 8 - USD 28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
American, Seafood
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Indigenous is a wonderful restaurant with delicious food. My low rating is due to the fact that every item on the menu had cheese as an ingredient which I can not have. When I asked the waiter if I could have an item (that was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank travellertoday
Reviewed 6 days ago

I just had dinner there with the world's best realtor in the Sarasota area Cathy Rustin. She told me of this great restaurant in a quiet area. I had the wild mushroom bisque. I was the best mushroom bisque. I ever had! Worth going for...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank robertmg515
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every once in awhile, you come across an inventive chef who can put together unexpected flavors that leave you wanting more—even tho you are stuffed. This is that place! Picky eaters should stay home. On our 2nd visit we had Cobia (fish) that was made...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Squirrelhound
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent. I ordered the swordfish which I really enjoyed but I loved the panisse that my daughter ordered. Gazpacho was delicious. Dessert was very tasty. Excellent service, Michael was our server and he was very attentive without being overbearing. It was our first...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Kisha1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting town over the holidays and visited this restaurant w family. All fresh ingredients which made my swordfish meal one of the best fish dishes I have had anywhere in the world. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. A.must visit when in sarasota area.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 777waynek
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Charming building that was obviously decorated with care. The food is unique, fresh, seasoned perfectly and is incredibly delicious! We shared the mushroom soup and beignets - the best mushroom soup we have ever had and the beignets very tasty. We had cobia and the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank S1432KDgeorgem
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Yes, in a residential neighborhood. Correct. Where no place to park and people in the house curse you coming back to your car , which, don’t blame them for parking directly in front of their homes. Again, the laid back casual atmosphere with the people...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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86LIST, Manager at Indigenous, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Thank you for your follow-up to the situation. The Restaurant community will keep an eye out for you Classicact10 and be sure to take much better care of you at our restaurants...

Reviewed 19 November 2018

A perfect evening (not unusual) for outside seating in a quiet residential neighborhood, great service from each of the staff, and especially the mushroom bisque that was out of this world. Accompanied by 3 others I can say that each meal was a creation of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank perryjohnston
Reviewed 9 November 2018

No parking which is annoying. I agree with others on what’s all the hype about. We were dressed up which we thought or had heard it was fine dining. The prices also reflect this. People dining around us in flip flops and shorts and dressed...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Classact10
86LIST, Manager at Indigenous, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2018

Sorry that you had a parking issue. It's a residential neighborhood, and you can park anywhere on the streets. We do not advertise as fine dining, we are here for everyone to enjoy and our menu reflects that as well as everything we have done...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018

Most reviews touch on taste first but it needs to be said that Indigenous has its stuff in order in regards to using only sustainable seafood. They even provide the guests with a Seafood Watch consumer guide to the Southeast with the check. Now for...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sam H
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Response from PeterAL10 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know if Indigenous offers gift certificates.
23 April 2017|
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Response from karenjH9561TR | Reviewed this property |
Yes ask for a table in the wine cottage🍷😎
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